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BBC publishes latest senior manager expenses disclosure

MUMBAI: BBC has published details of senior manager expenses and gifts and hospitality for the second quarter of 2014/15 (July-September 2014), as well as the salaries of senior managers who earn over £150k and/or those who sit on the BBC’s main boards.

Expenses and central bookings have dropped by 13 per cent on the same quarter last year and 15 per cent on last quarter.

Expenses are also down 18 per cent compared to Q2 2009/10, when the BBC first published disclosures.

The publication, the pubcaster said, is part of its continued commitment to be transparent in how it is spending the licence fee and is the 20th disclosure of its kind.
A BBC spokesperson said, “For just £2.80 a week the BBC provides great value to licence fee payers. By 2016 we’ll be saving £1.5 billion a year and more than 90 per cent of the money we control is spent on what matters most, the content and services audiences love.

“There are essential costs incurred in the running of a major broadcasting organisation which will always fluctuate but we are mindful we are spending public money and aim to drive down costs wherever possible.”

The BBC has been publishing the salaries and expenses of senior managers since 2009. The senior managers on the list are those who are paid over £150k and/or those who sit on the BBC’s main boards.